…to allow as many people as possible to access art, and to feel included. Art is where I take refuge from the storms of life. It provides stillness and peace, and reinvigorates me. It has been a life raft during times of mental ill health. The colours, shapes, textures and patterns of the natural world can calm or enliven us, and I draw inspiration from them when creating my mixed-media abstract artworks. We all see the world around us differently and our experiences impact on how we perceive our surroundings. Being sight-impaired, I bring different perceptions and representations of the world to my art. I aim to embody the emotional experiences prompted by nature, and snapshots of the way I see the world. Creating art is an essentially human way of communicating emotions, and I am driven to creativity to express myself. Many people face barriers to participating in creative activities, and I am passionate about encouraging and enabling people to access art and creative activities.